Shingles is a viral infection that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of developing this viral infection. In some cases, it can be pretty serious. This article will discuss how to prevent shingles from getting worse and the necessary precautions you need to take to avoid infections and other complications.
What precautions should I take to prevent the spread of Shingles?
There are a few things you can do to prevent Shingles from spreading:
- Get the chickenpox vaccine. This is the best way to prevent shingles. The chickenpox vaccine is about 85% effective in preventing shingles.
- If you have had chickenpox, avoid contact with the Shingles infection people.
- Wash your hands often and sanitize your hands regularly.
How do I prevent the spread of Shingles from getting worse?
In addition to taking the above precautions to prevent the spread of shingles, there are a few things you can do to avoid it from getting worse:
- Get the shingles vaccine, if you have not already. Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles.
- Take antiviral medication as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. Antiviral medication can shorten the duration of the illness and prevent complications.
- Avoid touching your rash completely. If you must touch it, wash your hands afterward.
- See your doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you may have shingles. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
- Apply topical ointment or creams to alleviate the pain and speed up the healing process.
- Avoid contact with the following people until your rash crusts: pregnant women who have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine; premature or low birth weight infants; and people with weakened immune systems.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. So, if you have not had the chickenpox vaccine or if you suspect that you may have shingles, please see your doctor as soon as possible.
How can I help my loved one who is infected with Shingles?
- Get your loved one vaccinated
The shingles vaccine is recommended for people over the age of 50. The vaccine is typically given in two doses several months apart, so make sure your loved one completes the treatment. People who have already had shingles can also get the vaccine to prevent future recurrences.
- Give your loved one an oatmeal bath
Pour 1 to 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal into lukewarm bathwater and encourage your loved one to take a bath in it for about 15 to 20 minutes
- Learn more about Shingles
Educate yourself on meditation techniques, and walk your loved one through the process.
- Accompany them to see the doctor
Doctors can sometimes be a bearer of bad news. Following your loved one and being by their side during the appointment. It may help your loved one feel more comfortable and ease some tension. You may even feel more at ease being present to offer support and remember what the doctor says.